Research Project Title

A Redefined Captivity Narrative

Session Type

Traditional Paper Presentation

Research Project Abstract

My research examines how Zitkala-Sa’s American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings redefines the traditional captivity narrative to include not only the physical removal of an individual from a familiar to unfamiliar place, but also to encompass how mental detachment from one’s own beliefs occurs, inevitably leading to acculturation. I will utilize a combination of critical literary sources and psychological research pertaining to the notion of acculturation among modern immigrants to analyze scenes of captivity and how characters think and perceive the world around them both before and after being captured.

Session Number

RS1

Location

Weyerhaeuser 203

Abstract Number

RS1-d

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A Redefined Captivity Narrative

Weyerhaeuser 203

My research examines how Zitkala-Sa’s American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings redefines the traditional captivity narrative to include not only the physical removal of an individual from a familiar to unfamiliar place, but also to encompass how mental detachment from one’s own beliefs occurs, inevitably leading to acculturation. I will utilize a combination of critical literary sources and psychological research pertaining to the notion of acculturation among modern immigrants to analyze scenes of captivity and how characters think and perceive the world around them both before and after being captured.